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Iraqis Find Travel to Jordan Increasingly Frustrating

Jordanian border police are turning away hundreds of Iraqi vehicles daily at the Karama border crossing, often without explanation, creating huge parking lots of frustrated travelers in the Iraqi desert. At Queen Alia International Airport, just south of Jordan’s capital, Amman, Iraqi passengers are ushered into a room and interrogated before being allowed to enter the country. And some Iraqis who used to be able to get 30-day visas to Jordan are now being allowed to stay just a few days at a time. The security restrictions being applied to Iraqis stem from the bombings of three Amman hotels on Nov. 9. The attacks — which killed 59 people, most of them Jordanians — were carried out by three Iraqi suicide bombers; a fourth Iraqi’s explosive belt failed to detonate. Jordanian security officials say the extra measures are necessary to keep out would-be terrorists. Full Story

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